Welcome to Trinity Lutheran in Bradenton, FL!

Dear Siblings in Christ,       
        Welcome to August! It has been quite the year in 2020. August will mark five months of not gathering to worship in person. Can you even believe that? As small as that number looks, we know the emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical struggle it has been to walk together (yet apart) through these days and weeks, full of unknown and grief. The church, however, has proved its resiliency and adaptability during this time of physically distancing. We have learned to gather virtually, to communicate through phone calls and Zoom meetings, and to meet in-person safely with masks and through car windows. As a church, you have chosen to care for your neighbor over gathering in person, and that, I believe, is one of the greatest testaments to the Christian witness. The building where you gather for worship is, at the end of the day, just a building, but you, as the people, are Trinity Lutheran Church. This building houses many memories and love, and they still live on in the hearts and minds and stories you hold and share. You are still being neighbor and sharing God's transforming love!       
        During this unknown time, I find myself breathing more deeply and intentionally. As a yoga instructor, I know this is a way of centering the mind and to calm the physical body. Did you know that the word for “breath” in the Greek and Hebrew is also the word for “spirit?” It’s comforting to know that every breath I take is from God, and that the Spirit of God is with me in each and every breath. When I don’t have the words to speak or the ability to do anything else in that moment due to my thoughts running rampant, I can take a deep breath, trusting that the Spirit of God is breathing new life into my weary, broken, and anxious heart. And I hope, when you find yourself in a similar place, you can close your eyes, inhale deeply the love, peace, and comfort given to us by the power of the Holy Spirit, and exhale your worries, your stresses, and your fear, releasing them to the One who gives you the Breath of Life.                 
                            Breathe deep, friends,
Vicar Jeanette
"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me;
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Matthew 11:28-30

ANYONE WITH NEEDS for food or medication pickup and delivery, please call (941-747-3081) or email the church office. If the office is closed, please leave a voicemail message. Our hours this summer: 9am-11am Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Pastor Bobbie (941-243-9473) and Vicar Jeanette (941-301-0691) are available by phone and appointment.

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther shared some still applicable advice when he and his people were dealing with a critical health crisis: “I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence.”   Luther’s Works Volume 43 page 132

We share deep longing for, and anticipation of, the day when we can return to fellowship as a faith community - face to face and in person!

Our Mission:  Being Neighbor  †  Sharing God’s Transforming Love!



What's Happening at Trinity...

Please click on the date below for the Worship bulletin or YouTube worship you wish to access.

Contemporary Order for Worship:

Saturday, August 1st, 5:30pm, Facebook Live.
Saturday, July 25th5:30pm, Facebook Live.
Saturday, July 18th5:30pm, Facebook Live.
Saturday, July 11th5:30pm, Facebook Live.

Traditional Order for Worship:

Sunday, August 2nd.
Sunday, July 26th.
Sunday, July 19th.
Sunday, July 12th.
YouTube Worship Services:
Sunday, August 2nd.
Sunday, July 26th.
Sunday, July 19th.
Sunday, July 12th.

Wonder what the ELCA's statement is on race? Join in on Sundays during the month of August as we dive into the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America's social statement: Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture.

Join Vicar Jeanette for the first Zoom gathering on Sunday, August 9th, at 4pm.

The ZOOM link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85607268677 . 

If you're on Zoom, enter the Meeting ID — 856 0726 8677.

Prayer List updated 7/30/2020

To access the names of those for whom we received prayer requests, use this link.

To add names to this list, please contact the church office at 941-747-3081 or email TrinityLutheranSecretary@gmail.com

Virtual Coffee Hour, Sundays, 10-10:50am. 
The Meeting ID is 867 7887 8149. The link to Zoom is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86778878149   

To call in:
646-558-8656  or  301-715-8592  or  312-626-6799  or  346-248-7799. You’ll need to know the Meeting ID: 867 7887 8149.

Following Jesus Together via Zoom: Tuesdays at 2pm.
FJT Groups meet over Zoom with Pastor Bobbie or Vicar Jeanette.  Plan to join in.  Link is below!

Adult Following Jesus Together Group Survey

We would love to hear how FJT can fit best into your schedule this fall. Please fill out the survey to best find a day and time that works for all!

Find the FJT Group Survey Here.

The readings and discussion questions for the 2pm FJT Group meeting Tuesday, August 4th, are here

Here are the Zoom URL and meeting IDs to join one of the FJT studies!

2pm FJT Tuesday
Join URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81850412212
Alternatively, if you are on Zoom, you can enter this as your meeting ID:
818 5041 2212

To call in to either Zoom meeting, the numbers are listed below. Enter the meeting ID number and then hit the pound key (#).  Your identity can be any number followed by the pound key (#) again.  [Example: 5#, 545#]

To call in: 
646-558-8656  or  301-715-8592  

Watch this site and our Facebook page for updates about virtual worship and activities that are now suspended due to our current COVID-19 health crisis. We are aware that this virus has a long incubation period, and each of us could have it without even being aware and inadvertently share illness with a brother or sister in Christ. Therefore we are not willing that any person be placed in that position through our community of faith. 
            Pastor Bobbie and Vicar Jeanette remain available for phone calls, prayers and visits.  You can reach Pastor Bobbie at 941-243-9473 and Vicar Jeanette at 941-301-0691.
            Join with us in praying for all who are fearful and stressed in this time of health crisis, that the One who rose again on Easter will sustain and accompany each of us in this unprecedented journey.

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